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DeMarco Murray not worried about contract

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray enters the last year of his rookie contract coming off a Pro Bowl season.

Despite Murray's 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013, there have been few discussions with the team about extending his deal. The Cowboys have the leverage on Murray because a second-round tender is a possibility if he becomes a restricted free agent in 2015.

"I never do," Murray said when asked if he is worried about a new contract. "That's something I have no control over, if it happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't. Like I said, I have to continue to play like I've done my entire life and work hard and help this team as much as I can."

The biggest negative on Murray is health. He missed two games last season with a knee injury and has yet to play a full 16-game season. Murray is always in good shape, but the durability of running backs across the league has devalued the position somewhat.

"It's one of those things where you have no control over," Murray said. "I'm here, I'm a running back on this team and I'm fortunate to be on this team. We've had some success here but we got to get better. Like I said before, the runner is very important and vital to the offense, any offense around the league."

No running back was taken in the first round of the NFL draft this May. The Cowboys still value the running back position and have vowed to run the ball more than in previous seasons. Lance Dunbar, the third-down back, is hopeful that happens.

Murray is too, but says he has no control over his carries or touches. Murray touched the ball 270 times last season with Bill Callahan as the playcaller.

Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions touched the ball 277 times in 2013 with current Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan at the helm.

Would Murray want 300 touches?

"You got to ask him that," Murray said, alluding to Linehan.

Murray is a productive back and silenced critics who said he couldn't sustain a heavy workload. Murray had three games with 20-plus carries and eight games with 15 or more carries.

"I feel like everything is working together," Murray said. "It's a complement for everything, the run game is a complement to the pass game and vice versa, so I think Scott is doing a good job of getting a lot of guys involved. I think that's good for us."